P-47 Decals part 1

The original decals to this kit isn’t the easiest I’ve worked with. Even on relatively flat surfaces it’s hard to get them to confirm properly, and even with decal fluids it doesn’t seem to work as I want. I just might need to live with silvering in some areas.
Also I need to buy stronger decal fluids, but that won’t help on this one I guess as I won’t get them fast enough.

All large decals on.
All large decals on

So far I’ve done all the major decals and left to do is all the stencils, and normally stencils have a tedency to silver. I just have to see how it turns out with these.

I also must check that I have all other things ready for assembly later.

Ford Shelby, Ford ’32 and P-47 update.

I’ve painted the Shelby again, and more ore less got the same result. It’s all grainy, and the colour look split in the cup.

Red paint
Red paint

I’ve bought Humbrol thinner, and if that doesn’t work I have to strip it entirely and try rattle cans or lacquer based colours. I hope I don’t set off the fire alarm again!

I’ve painted the underside and inside parts black on my deuce.

Things painted black!
Things painted black!

Looks ok on the pic, but on closer look it’s also a bit grainy. I need to redo some parts as the ejector pin marks still show. Otherwise I’ll keep it as it is. I need to have it nice and shiny on the topside though.

I also prepared some parts for paint and assembly.

When it comes to the P-47 I had set my mind to finish it by adding decals and do the final assembly. It turned out that it was harder to get those large decals in place than anticipated. The decals felt quite stiff and also a bit brittle while working with them.

So I decided to scrap them and paint the stripes and checkers instead.
First I masked and painted white.

Masked and painted white
Masked and painted white

Next I masked for the black stripes and checker board pattern. The latter wasn’t easy at all!

More masking
More masking

After painting and removing the tape it looked like this!

Masking tape removed
Masking tape removed
The underside
The underside

As can be seen there are some flaws, which I tried to correct.

Stripes and checkers somewhat corrected
Stripes and checkers somewhat corrected

I think it’ll look ok once I get all the decals on and the rest of the parts and finally put on the shelf.

I have one more kit, and they build nicely, but I’ll use another set of decals.

My current music projects!

The latest time I’ve been busy recording and mixing some covers, and the latest on is “The Rose” by Bette Middler. I might add an organ playing something different than just the chords. I just need to buy a keyboard, as it will make it easier to record what I want to do, compared to trying to program all the notes.

I have two new projects in mind. On is “I can see clearly now” and the other is “Orinoco flow”. I think I’ll start with the latter one, which I think will be a bit of a challenge.
If possible I might have a friend do real violins, which would be nice! 🙂

Mirage, Ford Mustang and some diorama making.

I added the control surfaces for the Mirage.

Control surfaces added
Control surfaces added

My son have asked me to help him with his Mustang, and now I’ve finally got to it. I had done some painting before but wasn’t happy with it so I sanded most of it down, but then it ended up on the shelf and sat there for quite some time.

Painted red inside
Painted red inside

Front, rear and inside of hood painted.

More red paint
More red paint

Not sure how long it takes for the red to fully dry, but I’ve heard a week, so I’ll just leave it for now, then I’ll paint the topside of the body and the hood.

Now I’ve finally started to make a dio/base for my Scout car. I first made a scetch on the canvas.

Rough scetch
Rough scetch

I then started to work with the clay I bought. Very soft to work with but crumbled easy. Using water helped a lot, and after a while I had a piece of landscape that looked like this.

Landscape made
Landscape made

I will let this dry and then start to paint it and add grass and small turfs. Some logs and small branches might also work. Not sure how to make vegetation as I think some bushes and leafs would look nice. I’ll figure it out!

Mirage IIIE and Lighting progress.

I’ve assembled all the weapons and tanks for the Mirage.

Missiles and stuff
Missiles and stuff

For some reason I can’t find anything on how to paint any of them in the instructions, and I also need to figure out the loadouts for the Argentinian AF during the Falklands conflict.

The instructions doesn’t say anything about weight or how much, so I just threw in as much as I could in the nose cone, and then glued it in place.

Nose glued in place
Nose glued in place

This kit is fighting quite a bit and there are things that could have been done better and in a slightly different way to avoid some issues. I have some steps on panels that needs to be taken care of.

On the Lightning I decided to go with an aluminium cover instead of chrome. Here the area is masked.

Area around cover masked
Area around cover masked

I think it turned out ok, but forgot to take a pic, so after a while I masked the entire bottom area, making it ready for the next step, black basing. So I painted black to cover all areas that should be painted with squiggles later.

Underside painted black
Underside painted black
Topside painted black
Topside painted black

As I never done black basing before, I needed something to practice on, and as the Harrier should have the same colours, I thought it would be a fitting subject.

Harrier black basing test
Harrier black basing test

I sure need some practice to get the squiggles right, and I will add a few other grey nuances before I start painting the camo colours.

Lightning paint progress.

I decided to try and paint different shades of metallic on the wings and the underside, as they vary quite a bit in reality.

Painting metalics started
Painting metalics started

Masking and painting in sections.

More sections painted
More sections painted

Right now it looks like this!

All sections and wings painted
All sections and wings painted

I might paint some smaller panels in different shades as well, otherwise I’m ready to start masking for the topside camo, now that I got the colours I need.

New hobby supplies bought and arrived.

Yesterday I was at the local hoppy shop and bought a few canvases and some clay.

Canvas and clay
Canvas and clay

I intend to use the canvases as bases for mini dios for two of my models, the Warrior and the M3A1 Scout. I might need a somewhat larger canvas for the Warrior as the soldiers might need a larger area to be placed on.
The clay is for shaping the ground on the canvases. I think it should be quite easy to do tracks in the clay, and then paint when the clay has dried.

Today I got a parcel with the colours I’ve ordered.

Needed colours
Needed colours

I ordered a few of Vallejos new metal colours as I wanted to try them out. Rumours say they are quite good! I’ll have to try them as soon as possible.
Black is always needed and the other colour are for my Lightning, so now I can start masking and painting the top side camo.

Quick Mirage update

I’ve painted the landing gears and some other parts.

Landing gears painted
Landing gears painted

The front gear should have lights that I’ll paint and add later. I also need ot sort the tires and add a few brake lines.

M3A1 Scout car finished, well almost!

I decided to put all the figures in place, and build wise that finishes the kit.
I still want to put it on a small base, but I still need to buy materials to do that.
So for now I consider this build finished!

Finished pic 1
Finished pic 1
Finished pic 2
Finished pic 2
Finished pic 3
Finished pic 3
Finished pic 4
Finished pic 4

Next will be creating the small dio.

M3A1 decals and weathering

There are decals for 3 versions in this kit, one american and two russian. As there are russian soldier provided with this kit I decided to go with one of the russian options.
Only three decals and the set I thought looked the coolest, but also turned out to be the most difficult.as one is quite large and covers the rear side of the vehicle.
I actually broke the decals when sliding it on to the surface and then had a lot of problems moving the pieces around. I managed to get it right in the end and after some micro sol it sits quite nicely.

Decals on
Decals on

I assembled and painted some ammo boxes to put in the car.

Painted ammo boxes
Painted ammo boxes

I did a new test fit with the figures and guns.

Test fit with soldiers and guns
Test fit with soldiers and guns

Looks pretty ok to me. I still need to get the driver in place, but first some weathering. I sealed the decals yesterday, and today I used black oil colour to make a pin wash.
I also painted exhaust pipe and some other spots on the underside with rust.
Then I started working with Tamiyas weathering sets, adding mud and rust to certain areas.

Weathering started
Weathering started
The other side
The other side

I think I’ll need to do some additional weathering later. I’ll do some weathering on the figures, get the driver in place, and start to plan for a small dio. Might add some more mud once the base is done.